Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Asaram case verdict today: Jodhpur turns into fortress

Asaram case verdict today: Jodhpur turns into fortress

The three states were also told to deploy additional forces in sensitive places, a Home Ministry official said.

The advisory asked the concerned state administration to strictly maintain law and order in the state and prevention of any untoward incidents in the state. A special court which was formed inside the Central jail premises for the case will give deliver the order.

The Home Ministry advisory has been sent in view of the large-scale violence was witnessed in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh after a special court pronounced its verdict in a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim a year ago.

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Entry to Jodhpur is being strictly monitored, with security vigil at bus and train stations stepped up and Asaram's ashrams in the city's vicinity cleared out. Jodhpur, where Asaram has been jailed since 2013, has been converted to a fortress to prevent any reprisals from his followers. Security has also been beefed up outside the victim's residence.

The Jodhpur court will pronounce its verdict in the rape case against Asaram Bapu today. We will also seal the jail on the day of judgment and would not allow anyone to get close to the jail premises, he said.

Asaram is also being tried in Surat in Gujarat in a separate rape case, in which the Supreme Court earlier this month said the prosecution should complete the trial in five weeks. The trial of the case began in the district and session court on, which was shifted to the special court for SC/ST Cases on. Asaram was arrested in Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. During the course of Jodhpur trial, Asaram moved 12 bail applications - six in the trial court, three in the Rajasthan High Court and three in the Supreme Court - but all were rejected. He has been in judicial custody ever since.

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Two sexual assault cases were filed against the self-styled godman Asaram, one in Rajasthan and the other in Gujarat. The police had filed a petition in the high court stating that Rajasthan may witness Panchkula-like violence, which broke out after the conviction of controversial godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case. If convicted, Asaram could be jailed for a minimum of 10 years or awarded a maximum life term, according to prosecution lawyers.

He was booked under Sections 342, 376, 506 and 509 of the IPC, as well as under Section 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and sections 23 and 26 of the Juvenile Justice Act.

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